No, not necessarily. It depends completely on how you handle the traffic ticket. There are a few different ways to take care of a St. Louis ticket, most of which result in the moving violation remaining on your permanent driving record.
When you are pulled over and cited with a St. Louis speeding ticket, the officer will hand you a rectangular-shaped citation (usually yellowish or pinkish in color). On this document you find all the pertinent information you will need, such as the court date, time, and location, the infractions you have been charged with, and the cost of the associated fine.
One option would be to simply sign the back of the document, and mail into the court the fine. This would of course take care of things, but handling the ticket in this manner will allow the state of Missouri to assess points to your record. “Points” are like little red flags that make it look as if you are bad driver. It is the assessment of points that damage your record. In response to these points, your automobile insurance provider will increase your monthly rates. In addition, if you get a lot of points over a short period of time, the state will suspend your driver’s license (for example, if you receive eighteen (18) points over an eighteen month timeframe, you will lose your license for a full year).
So as you can see, it is far better to keep any and all points off of your driving record. This is exactly what the experienced St. Louis traffic ticket attorneys at Brinkman & Alter, LLC want to do. Our goal is to make sure that the St. Louis traffic ticket that you receive is reduced to a non-moving violation. A non-moving violation does not come with any points. This means that your driving record stays clean (and your car insurance remains the same). And with no points on your record, you won’t have to worry about losing your license.
We have two locations: in the Central West End, at 1 North Taylor, St. Louis, MO 63108; and in the Twin Cities of Festus / Crystal City, at 1000 Truman Blvd (Highway 61/67), Jefferson County 63019. The initial consultation to discuss your legal affairs is free of charge. So contact us today to learn more!!